61 New COVID-19 Cases in L.A. County

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. – Courtesy photo

On Friday afternoon, L.A. County public health officials confirmed 61 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths. This brings the county’s total to 292 cases. Over the last 48 hours there have been 101 new cases. Because there are positive cases across the entire County, the public should not think one location is safer than the other. Additional information, regarding some of the new cases are pending completion of an investigation.

According to Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Public Health director, the median age of those who have been infected is 47 and there are 138 people between the ages of 18 and 65 that have tested positive.

Officials say 2,400 people have been tested in the county and approximately 10% of them have tested positive.

An enhanced Health Officer Order was issued Thursday closing all nonessential business and restricting all gatherings and events.

Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread: “If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days or until 72 hours after being fever free, whichever is longer. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.”

March 20, 2020

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